dr.ir. D. Lutters (Eric)

Associate Professor

About Me

Being educated as a Mechanical Engineer while having an keen interest in product design, I teach subjects related to product development as the linking pin between design and (production) engineering. This ranges from production techniques & systems, via design methodology to information management and virtual reality. I'm quite involved in the BSc. and MSc. programmes Industrial Design Engineering. For the MSc. programme, I coordinate the track 'Management of Product Development' (MoPD). Next to being interested in the content of the programmes, I am also very interested in educational methods and educational innovations. 

My research interest is in Information Driven Product Development - because I firmly believe that the value of the information content by far exceeds the significance of processes as the pacer of development cycles. With our group, we therefore aim to engender tools and techniques for design support, bringing together topics like Virtual Reality, Digital Twins/Prototypes/Masters, sustainability, (non-deterministic) decision making and uncertainty in development cycles. 

At the Fraunhofer Project Center at the University of Twente, I am a member of the scientific board, and I'm also involved in a number of research projects at the FPC, focusing on Industry 4.0, Digital Twins, Virtual Dashboards and VR/AR solutions. 

I am a fellow of CIRP, the International Academy for Production Research; within CIRP I am active in the Scientific Technical Committee on Design and currently I'm chairperson of the overarching STC assembly and member of the CIRP-council. 

Next to my work in Twente, I am a professor extraordinary at the department Industrial Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch, South-Africa.



Product Development
Life Cycle
Product Design
Decision Making


Broekhuizen, R., De Rydt, T., Lutters, E., Klooster, R. T., & De Bruyne, G. (2018). Head Sensitivity for Designing Bicycle Helmets with Improved Physical Comfort. In F. Rebelo, & M. M. Soares (Eds.), Advances in Ergonomics in Design: Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, July 21-25, 2018, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA (pp. 14-19). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 777). Cham: Springer International Publishing. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-94706-8_2
Lutters, D., de Lange, J., & Oude Luttikhuis, E. (2016). Incertitudes in design decisions: Impediments or instruments? In D. Dimitrov (Ed.), International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing Stellenbosch University.
Kennon, D., Schutte, C. S. L., & Lutters, D. (2015). An alternative view to assessing antifragility in an organisation: A case study in a manufacutring SME. CIRP annals : manufacturing technology, 64(1), 177-180. DOI: 10.1016/j.cirp.2015.04.024

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